"So from 1975 to 1979, I didn't miss an OSU game," he said. "I liked them both. Even at a young age, I recognized the differences that made them unique. And I loved the environment at both stadiums."
It comes as no surprise that this upbringing bred in Patterson a desire to be around football, a genuine love for the game, and aspirations to become the thing in life he respected the most: a coach, or to put it more personally, his father.
"That was my whole life," Patterson said. "With my dad as a high school coach, our lives revolved around sports. I grew up around coaches that I really looked up to, and I saw the impact a coach can have in someone's life."
For the full feature, pick up a copy of the weekend, Sept. 28-29 edition of the Express-Star.